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    Janet

    Originally posted by Troy on 5/17/11.

     

    From an article I wrote a long time ago...

     

    Traveling Companions are those Fragments who share your Raw Number from the positions within their own Entities. For example, ALL Fragments who are first in an Entity are Traveling Companions with all other Fragments who are first in their Entity. ALL who are second in their Entity are Traveling Companions with all the others who are second, and so on.

     

    Traveling Companions are not necessarily the same Roles or Casting, but that their Raw positions within the Entity links them mathematically together. Most people will have 6 Traveling Companions, as there are 6 other Entities in your Cadre with the same position as your Essence, but for some of the more populated Entities, an Essence will not have Traveling Companions. For instance, If an entity has 1,205th fragments while the other 6 Entities have at most 1105, then all fragments 1106 and higher will not have Traveling Companions. Not everyone will have a complete set of 6 Traveling Companions, and a very few will have none at all.

     

    Traveling Companions “feel” very much like Essence Twins, so when your Essence Twin is not available within a life, often one of your Traveling Companions is.

     

    Traveling Companions feel like Essence Twins because an Essence Twin IS a Traveling Companion, and every Traveling Companion shares a mathematical link with each other. Every Essence Twin is a Traveling Companion, but not all Traveling Companions are Essence Twins.


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      [Diane_H] Great question Martha

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      [Diane_H] (Thank God)

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      [Michael Entity] The loss of so much property, prosperity, and the experience of this being in the hands of forces beyond those of "the people" is no longer of interest to your average level of sentience.

      [Geraldine] My observation is that most old souls were likely least affected by much of the economic turmoil as they are less material-oriented

      [fiestycappy78] that is certainly true in my case. I had nothing to lose!

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      [luluaussi] ah ....you have indicated to me earlier that my own platform choices have been about balance between responsibility and playfulness I can see where this makes sense

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      [jon] Thank you

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      We find names useless for us, but they are important for the organization of presentation to use via the channel, and photos can be used in a similar way, as well.
       
      Names are functional and practical for our communication, but photos are solely for the channel.
       
      We will conclude here for today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
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      Open Floor
       
      Michael Entity: Hello to all of you. We are here. We will begin with a response to the first question.
       
      QUESTION: I can see how anger can be useful (to show you when your boundaries have been breached), but Cruelty would seem to have no use. Why does it exist, and where does it come from?
       
      Michael Entity: In the same way that Anger is a defense, so is what you might consider to be Cruelty. However, it is important to note that "Cruelty" is often a relative experience. "Cruelty" is often not an intentional by-product of someone's action or choices, but a fragment who is disappointed might assign the label of "cruelty" to the event. For instance, when one fragment can legitimately sense the necessity of a separation within a relationship, but the other fragment is deeply attached and terrified of solitude, the choice of the fragment to move on can be interpreted as "cruel," when, indeed, it was one of the most loving choices the other fragment might have experienced to-date.
       
      COMMENT: Oh, I see. I guess I was thinking of cruelty as intentionally trying to hurt another.
       
      Michael Entity:
      It is very important to differentiate the intentional act of Cruelty from the interpretative act of defense against disappointment.
       
      Acts of Cruelty are often not just the result of intentions to hurt, but can be the result of neglect, denial, justification, and apathy.
       
      With all of that being said, we can now more clearly respond to your original question of "why does it exist," and "from where does it come."
       
      The legitimate act of Cruelty, whether intentional or not, is a product of choice, of course, but a product of choice that is entirely self-preserving. Not "self-serving," but self-PRESERVING. There is a difference.
       
      Self-preservation is an act of survival and fear, whereas Self-Serving is an act of giving/receiving.
       
      Cruelty, then "exists" because there are a myriad of ways in which the fearful body, mind, or heart can turn for survival purposes when these feel threatened. Even the most intentional, drawn-out acts of torture as a form of Cruelty would still be generated from this very same thing.
       
      Although all Chief Negative Features can bring about forms of Cruelty, the most active, intentional forms of Cruelty can generate from Arrogance and Self-deprecation, and the most passive forms of Cruelty can generate from Impatience and Martyrdom.
       
      In terms of "Cruelty having no use," we would agree. Cruelty is an unnecessary byproduct of fear and has no value beyond the false sense of defense.
       
      QUESTION: Would you say anything about healing our bodies when they have been experiencing physical and emotional cruelty?
       
      Michael Entity: The response to your question might find more relevance on an individual basis, but what we can say in general is for any fragment who has experienced Cruelty, whether real or imagined, 50% of the healing would come from the comprehension that the Cruelty had nothing to do with you, or your value, your meaning, your worth, your choices, your past, future, etc. In short, it has nothing to do with you at all. Many who experience Cruelty, real or imagined, healing is delayed by the constant questioning of WHY. Most often there is no answer to this question that would satisfy you. The focus for healing would be more beneficial in the direction of HOW, as in focusing on your rebuilding, your personal compassion and kindness, and your support.
       
      QUESTION: Recently it was channeled I have a surrogate task companion because my TC is not available. What reasons would a Task Companion not be available so that a surrogate TC would need to be available, and could the surrogate TC relationship last across lifetimes.
       
      Michael Entity: All fragments have surrogate Task Companions and Essence Twins. There is a spectrum of reasons for why a fragment falls into unavailability, such as death, distraction, change of plans, lack of memory, lack of interest, lack of skills or tools required for the task at hand. An Essence cannot predict the outcome of the choices that a Personality might make within a lifetime, and often those choices are counter to original intentions for the lifetime. As the soul grows older, rather than generate Karmic Ribbons as a result from the impact of another fragment's choices that might alter your plans for a life, it is simply more practical to have a surrogate step in. Surrogate relationships do tend toward consistency and are usually drawn from the closer strings within your circle of support (your Support Group of 12). For instance, a 3rd String Knowledge Position might be your Surrogate Task Companion, and a 2nd String Love Position might tend to be your surrogate Essence Twin. If these terms are unfamiliar to you, Troy can direct you to resources for exploring that Support Group details further.
       
      QUESTION: Is it possible to run out of surrogates (if the surrogate is unable to be there for some reason)?
       
      Michael Entity: Surrogates do tend to still fall into some kind of mathematical resonance with you in a way that would be similar to the fragment for whom one is stepping in. It has happened to all of you here that, after the life was entered, "no one was around." Those lifetimes can tend to be surprisingly delightful or terrifying, much in the same way one might feel if one were to plan a trip to the mall, or upon arrival to school, and finding oneself in a complete "free-for-all." Those lives are rare, especially after the Baby Soul Age cycle, because the skills for creating a Personality and lifetime becomes an art for Essence, but it has happened to some Older Souls.
       
      QUESTION: I would like clarification re: the 9/12 "Trues". There are 9 Trues PLUS Life Task/True Work, but the 9 Trues are actually grouped in threes with the True Work to make 3 quadrates. Does that mean there are 3 different aspects to the Life Task/True Work depending on its quadrate, thus making 12 Trues, 3 of which are variants of True Work? or is it 9 Trues plus 1 True Work/Life Task? which would make 10 trues . . .
       
      Michael Entity: Both angles of interpretation would work. Technically, there are 9 "Trues" made up of 3 Triads of support for the Life Task in various contexts of "Personal," "Community," and "Planetary." The phrase "True Work" was a kind of shorthand as the original concept was delivered in a consistent way to describe the Personal Quadrate and was interpreted by some as indicating a separate concept from Life Task. However, it is valid to say that the Life Task can be described through various suggestions under a title of "True Work" and each could be more specific to the different Quadrates. In other words, the Life Task would remain the same as an overall arc of description, but methods of action for manifesting the Life Task could be described in terms of True Work on a Personal level, a Community level, and a Planetary level.
       
      QUESTION: so in a sense all 9 Trues combine together as supportive elements of the Life Task which is the summation of the 9 Trues?
       
      Michael Entity
      We describe the three Triads as each supporting the Life Task, but the ultimate pattern is one of progressive, though non-linear, evolution, or pyramidal evolution. Any system of 9 is a pyramidal form of evolution in our system, such as the 9 Needs.

       
      When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Personal Level, the "base" is built from the Personal Quadrate, or Pillars of Vitality. When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Community Level, the base is built from the Community Quadrate, or Pillars of Harmony. When a fragment's Life Task tends to be on a Planetary Level, the base is built from the Planetary Quadrate, or Pillars of Transformation.
       
      However one "builds" or visualizes this pyramid of evolution, there will be tiers of development that eventually address all Quadrates.
       
      We have much more to say about this subject, but will move on for now.
       
      NOTE FROM TROY: Michael also shared this image for me as a way to understand this "pyramid," so I mocked up a copy as best I could. For some of the advanced students, note that the Life Task/True Works are Action; Play, Health, and Core are Expression; Rest, Spirit, and Love are Inspiration; Study, Home, and Gift are Assimilation. See attached image or the image above, if it shows properly. The image isn't static, either, but rotates as necessary or depending on a person's emphasis.
       
      [QUESTION]: How does serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, manifest in relationship to Roles and Overleaves? Are they caused by the Overleaves or are the Overleaves masked by the illness, until the illness is successfully treated?
       
      Michael Entity: No "mental illness" is caused by the Overleaves themselves, but understanding the Overleaves can help one to manage "mental illnesses." Most breakdowns in Personality however, when not due to any physical damage or developmental distortions, are usually Centering issues.
       
      COMMENT: I am going on the research that says these are physical illness.
       
      Michael Entity:
      Schizophrenia, for example, is the inability for the emotional elements of a Personality to communicate with one another, tending to be an Emotionally-Centered, Moving Part issue. Bipolar diagnoses are often the issues of Intellectual Centering, Moving Part. "Mental illnesses" that are diagnosed as being sourced from chemical imbalances are still connected to the Centering issues, and it can be a valid form of healing to use drug intervention on that chemical level to bring about a functioning that can then be sustained by the body in the long run.
       
      When physical damage or developmental issues of the body are a cause for a "mental illness," then this is usually a direct result of choice or allowance by Essence and is part of a greater theme of experience. In that case, the Goal is usually involved as the primary consideration, but is not the only consideration, of course.
       
      In all cases of legitimate mental illness, it is the result of breakdown in communication among the various facets of the Personality, requiring a third-party bridging for effective communication to be returned. There are a number of ways a fragment can focus a lifetime on issues that require comprehension of interconnectedness, dependency, and the importance for allowing help, so mental illness is one of those ways.
       
      Again, this is a question that can be more effectively answered in relation to specific individuals, but we believe our response here will offer some relevance in general.
       
      QUESTION: You have told earlier about suitable ways to meditate for people with emotional/intellectual and intellectual/moving centering. What about the rest: intellectual/emotional, emotional/moving, moving/intellectual and moving/emotional?
       
      Michael Entity:
      In nearly all cases for effective meditation, it is not so much about the Primary Center/Part, but about the Centering that is most often neglected. So an Emotionally-Centered/Intellectual Part, and an Intellectually-Centered/Emotional Part could both do well with a MOVING-CENTERED Meditation. Whatever your Centering/Part, you might find the most effective meditations to be in the realm of that third Center of Gravity that is not usually accessed.
       
      Moving-Centered Meditations can include anything that involves the Body, from taking a simple walk, to Tai Chi and Yoga to dancing the night away. Intellectually-Centered Meditations can include anything from crossword puzzles and brain teasers to such focused meditations as Transcendental Meditation, to good night of hilarity and comedy. Emotionally-Centered Meditations can include anything from a good listen to music that resonates with you, to cathartic expressions such as can be found in Primal Therapies, to night of tears and intensity at the movies.
       
      So a Moving Centered/Emotional Part or Emotional Centered/Moving Part can both do well to get out out the crosswords, brain teasers, or make their way to the nearest comedy venue.
       
      The point of meditation, in general, is to bring about a full functioning of all of the lower Centers, so it will always be most effective to focus first on that Centering that is most neglected. However, if one wants to just feel good and bring some awareness to one's natural, habitual processes, one can focus on a meditation that is resonant to the Primary Centering.
       
      Rather than compile a list of meditations for each Centering, each of you can consider this fairly accurately on your own: if it tends to emphasize the Body, it can be used as a Moving-Centered meditation. If it tends to draw up and emphasize the Emotions or feelings, it can be used as an Emotionally-Centered meditation. If it tends to bring about emphasis on the Intellect or thinking, it can be used as an Intellectually-Centered meditation.
       
      The difference between an experience being just another experience and its being a meditation is AWARENESS. When you are dancing, listening, or laughing, for example, bringing your awareness to the moment can instantly turn it into a kind of meditation.
       
      QUESTION: I'm curious about the "coincidence" of someone dying on the birthdate of a loved one; for example, my grandmother died on my birthday, and my mate died on his mother's. My feeling is, it's like a tip of the hat, a sort of spiritual wink, from one soul to another — if it's possible to generalize. Could you comment please?
       
      Michael Entity:
      "Meaning" is always the result of one's creating it, not finding it, or discovering it. Even when the intentions of someone is clear, the interpreted meaning on the receiving end can be quite different from those original intentions. When one dies, one will die on a day that many MANY will be able to claim as their birthday.
       
      With that in mind, we would say that when a person from your intimate circle dies on a personally relevant day, there is often an intention there. What that intention is can be very different among those instances, but we have seen that it is valid that there is usually an intended message there.
       
      QUESTION: There has been written and discussed much about that the mobile phones are overheating and making damage to our bodies when much used. There are of course also those that deny facts about any effect in one way or the other. How does the energy from the mobile phones influence on our bodies or the head when we use them? :call: :hypno: :)
       
      Michael Entity: Though the use of what you call "cell phones" or "mobile phones" is fairly recent in your history, we have not seen any effects of any significance that could be considered dangerous to the physical body, at least in terms of waves or rays, however some have exploded, causing harm, but that is a different category of threat, and minimal at that. The rays of your sun in one day can have far more impact in "negative" or dangerous ways than a lifetime's use of a cellular phone. The use of a microwave for extensive cooking can have more long-term damage to one's body than the use of a cellular phone for a lifetime.
       
      QUESTION: So the heat and dizziness some feels in the head when they hold it for a longer period close to the ears is minimal of distortion?
       
      Michael Entity:
      We base our response on the reports we can see relative to damages or harm caused by cellular phones, but we see none beyond those of the explosive variety and some cases of interference with regulators, such as "pacemakers."
       
      The heat is legitimate, but the dizziness appears to be individual reactions to holding up the arm for extended periods of time, or walking and talking at the same time. Other reasons can tend to come from the audio effects on the ear drums as many cellular phones can tend to have poor translation from device to ear.
       
      We offer our response as reflective of what is on record at this time, but we do not offer it as a conclusive report. The devices in question are undergoing a number of changes that will continue to require monitoring for effects.
       
      We will conclude here. Good day to each of you.
       
      Goodbye.
    • DanielaS
      By DanielaS
      Ask Michael in Live Session
      Open Floor
      July 6, 2014
      Channel: Troy Tolley
       
      [Hani] There are claims made of multiple Essences utilizing the same body by switching in and out over the lifetime. Is this possible? I am not talking about walk in and walk out
       
      [MEntity] Only one Essence can ever "inhabit" a body. The body cannot act as a revolving door for Essences. Though one body can have been host to 2 or more Essences across a lifetime, it is never at once, and rarely more than 2. The shift between one Essence to another is often traumatic, or at least done through the exploitation of a trauma, and takes up to 7 years for full transition. It is not a process that is taken lightly.
       
      [Hani] I understand, thank you
       
      [MEntity]
      However, the Personality and/or Essence of a body can act as a conduit for as many Essences as it wishes. This is how the Transcendental Soul Manifests. It is only one Essence representing the whole of the Entity, but all of the fragments of that Entity have access to all that is that body's experiences and life.
       
      This is, also, how Guides work, and Essence Twins when one is not extant.
       
      When there is a Personality who senses fragmentation, it is usually relative to the Personality, not variations of Essences. That Personality is likely compartmentalized, divided, fractured, and has evolved into facets that either lose contact with one another, or revolve as distinct facets around a central core trait.
       
      Every Personality has sub-personalities, but for some, these can become distinct facets that have no communication with one another, such as is the case with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but if there is communication, the range can be from "normal" variations on Personality to accommodate various contexts of life, to extreme facets that, while still communicating, identify as separate.
       
      [Kurtis] Hi Michael, much like in past exchanges I'd like an elaboration of both Perseverance Mode and Power Mode that can cater to all soul ages, and much like before, an explanation of the - and +Poles as well.
       
      [MEntity]
      PERSEVERANCE MODE is the Ordinal, Action Mode. The Mode describes how one fulfills the Goal, and how one Relates. In its Positive Pole, there is Persistence, and in its Negative Pole, there is Unchanging. PERSISTENCE is the capacity to navigate around, over, and through obstacles, whereas UNCHANGING is the capacity to repeatedly confront obstacles.
       
      In Persistence, there is a sense of one's position relative to an obstacle or direction, and these are known to be dynamic. There is awareness that both the obstacle/direction and the one acting can change, evolve, alter, etc.
       
      In Unchanging, this dynamic is lost. It is no longer a dance, but a matter of pushing forward or into, and knocking down or clearing a path that has been determined. There is only a sense of direction or movement if that obstacle is overcome.
       
      Consider the difference between one amputee who has lost her legs and finds a way to work with her obstacles, while another determines that if those legs are gone, then everything on the other side of that is lost, unless those legs are returned.
       
      One is Persistence. One is Unchanging.
       
      When one is Unchanging, it is the Positive Pole of the partner Mode, Aggression, that will help to move one back into Persistence. The Positive Pole of Aggression is Dynamism. In other words, there is no division between self and obstacle/direction. They are parts of an equation that describe the paths of life.
       
      Both contribute to the path.
       
      Unchanging is when one has determined that the obstacle is in the way of the path.
       
      Power is Presence, then.
       
      When one owns one's presence, or power, there is Authority. This is simply the management of expression in a way that is responsible, considered, and aware of its impact on others.
       
      When one depends on others as their source of presence, or power, then it falls into Oppression.
       
      This is true on the scale of oppression that one sees regarding minorities or non-sentient creatures, as well as in terms of the self.
       
      To Oppress the self is to defer power and presence to the permission one seeks or takes from others.
       
      Put another way: To oppress the self is to defer power and presence to the permission for expression one seeks or takes from others. Or, to oppress others is to draw power and presence from restricting expression of others.
       
      For one to move out of the Negative Pole of Power, one needs to slide to the Positive Pole of Caution, Deliberation. When this is regarding self-oppression, it is when one chooses a specific way or context of expressing oneself, rather than not expressing oneself at all. When this is regarding oppression of others, it is the ownership of how one has interpreted the expression or presences of others as deliberately affecting oneself, when, in fact, it has not.
       
      Deliberation is merely the slowing down of thought so as to be careful in how one experiences or delivers expression.
       
      Though we can continue to elaborate upon these, we must consider the queue.
       
      [Maureen]
      Michael, I can see how Personal Truths line up: HONESTY: Truth, SINCERITY: Love, INTEGRITY: Energy, but I’d like your take on how Global Truths and Universal Truths line up with Truth, Love and Energy.
       
      The one that I’m having the most trouble reconciling is the Global Truth of NATIONAL that lines up with Love. I’m not sure how that fits as many of us Older Souls don’t see “Love” of a country or being nationalistic as fitting in with our larger view of “the world”.
       
      If there is time, would you provide a short explanation for the Global Truths and the Universal Truths so we can see how they align with Truth, Love and Energy? If not, just an explanation of the Global Truth, NATIONAL: Love, would be appreciated.
       
      [MEntity]
      Nationalism/Nationalistic is not the same thing as Love for one's country. The former tends to be built upon notions of superiority, whereas the latter is built upon gratitude, nostalgia, and appreciation. When one tends to one's home, it can be from notions of superiority to one's neighbors, or it can be from the sense of importance to nurture one's space. This is true on the National scale, as well. The people of a Nation are benefited when there is Love of those peoples.
       
      This can be a dividing line in Politics, for example. Self-preservation based in superiority, or nurturing on a grand scale for as many as possible.
       
      However, keep in mind that our response for corresponding Truth, Love, and Energy to the variations of truth within each category of truth, is only for convenience, not from literal representation.
       
      It may be more accurate to see these as Axes, not as specific terms.
       
      So, for example, Honesty is Expressive, Personal Truth. Sincerity is Inspirational, Personal Truth. Integrity is Active, Personal Truth. Remember that Truths are relative here.
       
      Community is Expressive Global Truths, or how a Community expresses, represents itself within the spectrum of how other communities do so. National is Inspirational Global Truth, or how a people of a nation feel about their place on the planet among other nations. Planetary is Active Global Truths, or how a planet of people behaves in relation to other planets/off-planet life.
       
      In Universal Terms, every single fragment will have a Body, Mind, and Soul, and these are conduits for expression, inspiration, and action, and this is true no matter where, when, or who you would experience.
       
      We think we have expanded on these enough for now, but we can further clarify these in further discussions.
       
      [JanaK]
      I have a follow up question regarding the talk on the topic of Reincarnation. It’s about the “stuck” Personalities. There have been a couple of “teasers” throw out, which I would like more clarification on. I will state how I understood it, so please correct anything that I have misunderstood.
       
      So if I understand it correctly, what determines whether the Personality is stuck, is whether they do or don’t complete the Review and reunite with Essence. If they don’t complete it and don’t unite with Essence, then they keep literally reincarnating, living through variations on the same lifetime (presumably this happens in separate parallels). They keep doing this, until they evolve enough to be able to reunite with Essence, in which they sometimes need to be helped. You have also said, that in this way they all do get to eventually complete all 7 IMs.
       
      Yet, I also thought one can complete Review and reunite with Essence without completing all 7 IMs? Are all personalities stuck until they have lived in some way (parallel or looping) till 7th IM in positive?
       
      [MEntity]
      Here is the distinction we may have not clarified in our initial delivery: Those Personalities that fulfill an Internal Monad in the Positive Pole, regardless of whether the First, the Second, Third, etc. will likely NOT loop, but go through Review and gather on the Astral, being "collected" in the final Level of that Soul Age. Those Personalities that fall into a loop are those that do not complete an Internal Monad in the Positive Pole, or resign to the Negative Pole of an Internal Monad. That Personality will "loop" until it has completed the Internal Monad relative to what it had been trying to complete, and then it can move into Review. However, it is quite common that these Personalities will just continue to completion of all 7 Internal Monads, however many loops that would take.
       
      It Reviews, but mostly for the sake of updating Essence. The Personality is not quite capable of full comprehension until there is at least one Personality that has completed all 7 Internal Monads.
       
      Then the gathering of all Personalities from the Soul Age compile experiences for Review that launches the Essence into the next Soul Age.
       
      Because of the uniting of experiences and processes, then all Personalities that are a part of that benefit and, technically, each completes all 7 Internal Monads relative to their own lives.
       
      Those Personalities in a loop will have done so for themselves by this time, and will join the evolution into the next Soul Age, or will remain and continue in their loops, until either the completion of the 7th Internal Monad on their own, or help comes.
       
      Each of you will likely have several "loops" that will need to be collected from across your Soul Ages when you get to your 7th Level of the Old Soul Age.
       
      [Bobby] Since it's my understanding that after an Entity cycles off that Casting plays a larger part than the Role does, would you briefly describe generally what those of you that are Sage-cast "do"?
       
      [MEntity]
      It is more nuanced than only Casting, with your Casting within the Entity being a contributing factor. In the same way that all Sages will not manifest the same way while incarnating, neither will all Sage-Cast in the Entity. But there will be a common theme of Cardinal Expression. So, regardless of the nuances, those who are Sage-Cast will be those who spread information, communicate, bring levity, offer simple and profound insight.
       
      One of the nuances to consider is that the Role then tends to become the function that Casting had while incarnating.
       
      So a Sage-Cast Warrior while incarnating might be understood as a Warrior-Cast Sage when cycled off in the Entity.
       
      The other nuance would be the Cadence Group and Greater Cadence, of course, as well as Position.
       
      But, in general, the Sage-Cast will help tell the stories of the Entity.
       
      [ClaireC] Michael, could you tell us where horses are in the hierarchy of the animal kingdom and how their Animal-Companion bond with humans is affected by the fact that they are often "working" animals? Is it any different than trained, performing dogs or circus animals?
       
      [MEntity]
      Though there is hierarchy of intelligence among most domestic or domesticated animals, there is very little difference emotionally. There are differences, but little. The range of intelligence only determines how that species can communicate its emotions, and how it organizes its experiences. This goes for chickens, cows, pigs, horses, birds, dogs, cats, etc. We are going to define "domesticated" as any of those species in captivity with which one can develop a relationship. There are many "pets" that fall outside of that, such as many reptiles or insects, and then there are some that fall outside of the category of "pets" that have evolved relationships with Humans, such as Bees.
       
      What the individuals or groups within that domesticated species do only has bearing insofar as how it contributes to their experience of Emotional evolution. Those creatures that are nurtured as a whole tend to evolve faster in their emotional intelligence than those that are not. For example, dogs, cats, and horses have keen emotional worlds that range across a wide spectrum of emotions, while chickens tend to suffer from extreme terror and displacement due to the mass suffering.
       
      All non-sentient creatures tend to default to Instinctive methods for managing suffering and pain, and this is for the sake of protection against being seen as weak, vulnerable, etc. to other predators. Even the most intelligent of dogs, horses, cats, pigs, etc. will often refrain from reveal of pain or suffering for that reason.
       
      Therefore, working horses who are treated well may feel a great sense of purpose and bonding, while other working horses relegated to strict uses, such as carriage horses or race horses, suffer greatly, even if not in obvious ways.
       
      Care and feeding are not all that are necessary for the quality of life for the more emotionally-complex creatures. The more social the species, the more likely the suffering is reduced to strict work and use.
       
      Watching horses running freely in a field together versus watching a horse chained to a cart alongside Central Park is all that is necessary to know this, if one is practicing empathy.
       
      [ClaireC] "Beast of burden" comes to mind.
       
      [MEntity]
      We wish to be clear that the differentiation between suffering and pain is a matter of time. More emotionally-complex and intelligent creatures can suffer more easily than those that are not. However, the more a creature is exposed to pain, the more it can suffer, even as there is no sense of time. So while a horse or a dog can suffer even when between painful experiences, a chicken that is trapped in terror with injuries and a mutated body is in a constant state of pain, which is its own form of suffering.
       
      Animals used for performance, entertainment, circuses, and work often do suffer because most of these scenarios override everything natural to that creature.
       
      In cases where work is balanced with care, feeding, shelter, socializing, freedom, expression, and affection can there be the possibility of a "happy" creature.
       
      This is true of even Humans.
       
      [AnnaYusim] I have a question about St Therese of Lisieux (Born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin) her book "story of a soul" is a spiritual classic. I have read that its not 100 percent her authentic words is that true?? Also i'd like to know her role, casting and soul age?
       
      [MEntity]
      As this fragment was "sainted," all accounts have come to be embellished for the support of that sainthood. It is true that not all of the words attributed to her are her own. This is not to say they are not in keeping with "the spirit" of her expression, just that embellishments are involved.
       
      This fragment is a Priest-Cast Artisan who was 7th Level Young at the time.
       
      [royce] marius here: Adyashanti speaks openly about his awakening experiences and i'm curious to know the relationship to this experience of " awakening" and Internal monads. for example if one has awakened in the terms adyashanti describes does one still go through internal monads.
       
      [MEntity]
      If the term is being used as a conclusive state, then it is a misnomer. This "awakening" could be said to be a description of how one completes an Internal Monad, as it is a conscious process of unlearning all that was learned, at least in terms of what was learned that is not serving you. That is what each Internal Monad is: an unlearning. To that extent, each Internal Monad is a process of "awakening," but each awakening is far from conclusive.
       
      There is no shortcut through the Internal Monads.
       
      Even the oldest and most conscious of fragments must go through them. To teach otherwise is to teach that one does not count as a PART of the whole that is ultimately YOU.
       
      [royce] i ask because i hear a lot of " i have no more fear of death" with these experiences at age 29 or something, which sounds like a completely of 6th IM...which seems odd to be there at 30..but that's beautiful to know we always have something to learn completion*
       
      [MEntity]
      Lacking fear of death when one is not confronting it has nothing to do with the completion of the 6th Internal Monad.
       
      It is easy not to fear something one cannot comprehend.
       
      But when one suddenly feels and knows the impending closure of mortality, it is a very different rite of passage.
       
      Even if one has had a close call with death in the middle of the life, it is not the same thing as the closing in on the final call.
       
      That close call with death can contribute to the ease of the 6th Internal Monad, but it is not the same as the 6th Internal Monad. The 6th Internal Monad is only valid when the onset of the cause of the exit is finalized.
       
      However, even that is not always the case. If one has not completed the 4th Internal Monad, for instance, and has a terminal illness, it will still be necessary to complete the 4th Internal Monad, no matter how distracting the onset of death is.
    • Our Geraldine [memorial profile]
      By Our Geraldine [memorial profile]
      This material was obtained in a Michael Speaks session on March 25, 2012.
       
      Note from Janet: I found this session hidden in my 'Geraldine' archives. Although it is a Michael Speaks session, it was originally posted in the TLE Fringe section, for reasons that will become obvious when you read it. As more and more 'fringe' material hits the site with barely a blink among TLE students, I think this session rightfully belongs among the other Michael Speaks sessions. 
       
      March 25, 2012
      History of Michael and their Teachings
      Channel: Troy Tolley
       
      [MEntity]
      To begin with, we will speak to you about the origin and nature of your Agreements with us, and then move into the history. We think our connection is clear enough now to move forward.
       
      Most of our students were in Agreement to be our students long before our Cycling off.
       
      These Agreements were made among our Essences, but forged by our relationships within the Physical Plane as our Personalities interacted.
       
      Many of you have been our children, parents, best friends, loved ones, and yes, even our intimate mates, when we were incarnating.
       
      Over our 6 million years of incarnating, we have shared many lives with many fragments, just as you have. No Entity, Cadre, or Energy Ring sustains its incarnations with only its own fragments.
       
      Though the pool of options are vast from within your own Energy Ring, it makes sense that a great number of fragments from within an Energy Ring would find bonds with those outside of that, for various reasons, both personal and cosmic.
       
      On a personal level, these are forged by the choices of Personality and its attraction to various other fragments and Personalities that it comes across while incarnating.
       
      On a cosmic level, for lack of a better phrase, these relationships are vital for the uniting that will come for Energy Rings with other Energy Rings.
       
      Though bonds come to be formed in many ways across Cadres, Entities, and Energy Rings, there does tend to be a pattern.
       
      Some of this patterning is mathematical in nature as a base for the bonding, such as those relationships and resonances among Essence Twins.
       
      The Essence Twins across Entities tend to help to twin Entities within a Cadre, with the 7th Entity tending to twin with the 7th Entity of other Cadres.
       
      If one were to simplistically visualize an Energy Ring, then, it could be described like 12 spokes in a wheel, with each "spoke" being a Cadre of 7 Entities, and the 7th Entities in the innermost of the ring.
       
      This is not how they "look," but it is helpful for the context of visualizing the bonds.
       
      So the inner circle would be the 7th Entities acting as a gravity for each "spoke" Cadres.
       
      This would look much like an Astrology wheel.
       
      Or a clock.
       
      Those bonds from within an Energy Ring tend to be generated in origin by Casting, and the mathematical resonance that is caused by this.
       
      Beyond the Energy Rings, the bonding become "personal."
       
      It takes the power of Choice to generate those bonds.
       
      From within an Energy Ring, then, there will tend to grow a patterning of choice from across the lifetimes of those members that begins to forge bonds outside of the Energy Ring.
       
      This is not to say that there are not cosmic bonds already in place, but that they are trumped by the bonds generated by choice.
       
      This lends a beauty to the process of our bonding that is of profound joy to each involved, and is a balance for the more mathematical gravity that is built in to our reunions.
       
      Though there is an awesome order to the universe and to our bonding, it is balanced by an awesome freedom that is sustained by our capacity for choice.
       
      And so it is that grander relationships, such as ours, are generated, and then used as a basis for reunions on higher planes.
       
      Mathematical bonding will help complete the reuniting in those high planes, but the momentum of our choices will have done most of the work.
       
      In the case of the relationship between our students and this entity, we have become a force that will be a cause for our Energy Rings to unite in the high planes.
       
      This kind of resonance is generated in a number of ways that play out across Energy Rings as Entities act as teachers, guides, inspiration, support, etc.
       
      And the circuits are set so that what is emitted from one is received by another, and then emitted to another.
       
      The students become the teachers, for example.
       
      So your entities will, eventually, be a resource for other fragments in Energy Rings beyond your own.
       
      Most of our bonding started to come during our Late Mature and Old cycles while we were still incarnating.
       
      We shifted into Old Soul around 150,000 years ago.
       
      Or rather, our first fragment did so.
       
      Over the next 145,000 years or so, we evolved toward cycling off.
       
      The depth of our relationship with many of you was established over that time.
       
      This began during a rather terrifying period on the planet when an off-planet species caused quite a bit of devastation and fear, forcing many of us into hiding for a while.
       
      For about 5000 years, our species had to work together to rebuild, and this was helped by an Infinite Soul manifestation around which our students and we bonded.
       
      [MW] aliens were after us?
       
      [MEntity]
      No.
       
      They did not acknowledge us.
       
      We were not seen as anything significant, at least in terms of sentience and the capacity to feel.
       
      The mining was the priority.
       
      This destroyed a great deal of our modern society at the time, which was well beyond what yours is now.
       
      [MW] Sounds like the root of a lot of our science fiction
       
      [MEntity]
      We had not built our civilizations up from materials that were so resistant to decomposition, so once we were "wiped out," what materials were left behind (as much was taken in the sweeps for clearing out paths for mining), easily moved back into nature.
       
      Over the next 70,000 years or so, our incarnations were rather close together with those of you whom had bonded with us during the initial shift of our Entity into Old Soul.
       
      Over that 70,000 years or so, we were sporadic in our bonding, building upon it when we could, based on how our paths might cross as we tended to our own paths.
       
      From about 70,000 years ago, then, we began to plan more carefully.
       
      Our relationships began to become important, and meaningful, and our Essences would include each other in the Life Plans.
       
      This is when we determined that we were good teachers, and that you were eager learners.
       
      The next Infinite Soul manifestation inspired us, as Old Souls, to move into paths that focused on the building of schooling systems, and teaching methods that could be shared.
       
      We had our own teachers by this point, working with us in ways that are similar to how we work with you.
       
      Our teachers worked with us primarily in dreams.
       
      This is a period of time that we see most modern scientists mark as a kind of significant shift in humanity, as schooling became quite stabilized by this time, and this encouraged migration.
       
      When people are educated, curiosity returns, and curiosity leads to creativity, and creativity can lead to travels, and this expanded our species again beyond the clusters that had come to be established after the mining.
       
      Of course, the current interpretation of the past is hilariously reduced to a primitive man that did, in fact, exist, but alongside a man much more closely resembling yourselves now, than not.
       
      We use the word "hilariously" intentionally.
       
      As we do find this rather humorous, since we had worked so hard to reestablish and expand our species, only to then have our descendents, so to speak, remove us from the equation.
       
      [BW] Where is the proof of that though? Something we can dig up from that era that throws off everything we know that says we lived in caves and were just learning to tame fire.
       
      [MEntity]
      "Proof" has been found in numerous ways, and by numerous people, but these are set aside as anomalies that are disorienting and upsetting, particularly in terms of the politics of archeology and funding. It is often the case that the established timeline and presumptions must be upheld at all costs.
       
      Beyond this, much of our version of modern civilization was designed and built from a very close relationship with nature, and intentionally camouflaging.
       
      We are confident that the timeline and proof of our species origins will come to be clarified. It has been lost and regained several times.
       
      Trying to find proof of civilizations within the first few feet of accessible earth is not exactly going to provide much.
       
      More sophisticated tools of scanning and penetration might need to come to pass before proof can be found preserved.
       
      But it is there.
       
      Even if as a needle in the haystack, so to speak.
       
      We worked out our teaching methods and concepts, then, over those lifetimes share with our students along the way to our cycling off.
       
      We established at the core of our philosophy a kind of passive invitation that would cater to the learning speed and style of the student, rather than one that is actively imposed.
       
      Your questions became the source of our teaching.
       
      Your curiosity became the direction of our subjects.
       
      And this continues today.
       
      Returning to the subject of proof, we can only only say that it is difficult to use a sampling of evidence from your planet that is the equivalent of using only the crumbs from a cupcake to extrapolate everything about the events of a birthday party.
       
      It will not reveal whether it was a lone person in sadness eating the cupcake while watching tv, or whether it was a vast and happy celebration with hundreds of attendees.
       
      And so while this is a crude analogy, it is still fair, as what is being used for interpreting your history is limited only to what is allowed, and what is found. There is not only much more to be found, but much more to be allowed.
       
      We will pause here and open the floor to your questions: QUEUE IS NOW OPEN.
       
      [BA] Was gold the reason for the mining by the extraterrestrials 
       
      [MEntity]
      BA, it was part of the reason, but from what we can see, the element that was mined is long gone, and depleted.
       
      There are probably pockets in the planet where this currently unknown element is, but it does not appear to have been found.
       
      [MW] Did our caretaker species not have the ability to help us when these aliens came? It sounds like the basis for a lot of the more fearful science fiction.
       
      [MEntity]
      As we have shared about our history in the past, the caretaker species, for lack of a better phrasing, leaves for thousands of years before returning. They did return, but about 75,000 years too late.
       
      This is one of the reasons their visits are more frequent over the past 75,000 years.
       
      At least in terms of monitoring, not necessarily in obvious ways that would interfere.
       
      The mining was done by a permanently-traveling species that is outside of the known primary circle of species who have sustained contact over the millions of years that there have been species. That species is known, but is elusive.
       
      [MW] The Borg?
       
      [MEntity]
      Earth is enough "out of the way" that it was ideal for our transfer, but also makes it vulnerable to those less-informed species.
       
      The concept of the "borg" comes from a different memory of a species, as the mining species was not an assimilative species.
       
      [JK] I understand what you said about the proofs of a developed civilisation 100k BC being like crumbs from a party. But still, could you just give us an example of one anomaly that has been discovered in modern times (and known of now) and what is it remains of, how was it used etc?
       
      [MEntity]
      It is difficult to reference many examples, as they are in seclusion and our referencing them would be useless, but an example may be something like in the ruins of Puma Punku, which is a direct beneficiary of technologies that were in place long before that.
       
      This would be an example that is difficult to hide, but even more difficult to explain, based on current establishments of timeline and intelligence of the species.
       
      The pyramids of Egypt and various other locations, are another obvious example, that are forced into story lines and historic contexts that are often completely unrelated.
       
      Passing them off as grandiose tombs is absurd.
       
      The examples are numerous, but these are rather obvious examples that put into perspective how something can be "right under your nose," and still managed to be packaged nicely into a paradigm that is prefabricated for acceptability.
       
      Beyond this, there are a number of tools and parts of machinery that have been documented and set aside as anomalies that "could not" or should not have existed in the currently accepted timelines.
       
      At the height of our civilization before the mining, we had come to use light in a way that is only now being explored by Humans again.
       
      We were able to construct great spaces and interactive machines that were generated by structured light.
       
      This may have seemed fantastical to most only 20 years ago, but the possibilities are returning again in recent years, as the use of light is being used for interactivity with devices, no longer depended upon solid interfaces.
       
      This may eventually come to be as useful as it was in the past, so that homes are built from them, with walls just as solid as any material walls, but made from light.
       
      We are using limited terminology here, but it works.
       
      As you can imagine, when a civilization is destroyed that is built from light, not much remains.
       
      This will be another crude analogy, but this Internet is entirely generated from the equivalent of light. Shut it down, and that world is "gone."
       
      It is not gone, but its understanding and acknowledgement in the future would be entirely dependent upon someone figuring out what a server is, and how the data is stored and extracted, and how that could then be extrapolated to be an entire world of information, games, interactivity, communication, education, pleasure, etc.
       
      History now has only found fragments of a server, so to speak, which are like those crumbs of a cupcake we mentioned, and it is nearly impossible to fathom what those fragments mean in terms of the actual vastness of what it generated as The Internet.
       
      [JK] i have to imagine and guess a lot and have lots more to ask but it will have to wait for another day :)
       
      [JK] and yes it makes sense, the analogy
       
      [MG] I have noticed there is a lot discomfort with some students related to the inconclusively of much of our true history. I’m guessing it’s the science vs faith issue. If our history can’t be proven through science, at this time, what would Michael suggest that would help us move, more freely, from faith to trust?
       
      [MEntity]
      That is rather easy:
       
      Even within a single lifetime, what is considered scientifically conclusive is shifted or altered as new discoveries are included in the picture. The origins of your species continue to go farther and farther back. It was not so long ago that the timeline was even more comically recent.
       
      We encourage trust in the scientific data, but true trust is in the fact that this will change, and that valid science is never conclusive.
       
      It was not long ago that your world was flat.
       
      And it was not.
       
      The perspective and the gathering of data must continue to grow, and the egos interpreting these must continue to retreat in favor of the evidence suggesting that humans have been around much longer, and much more intelligently, and in far more diversity, than has been presumed.
       
      We do not suggest that any of you believe us, as that will not matter one bit. Belief is not required. Your origins will not change any more than your world was forced to be flat simply because it was believed to have been so.
       
      To bring balance to your sense of trust and perspective is to simply acknowledge the current scientific understanding alongside the fact of its continuing to shift and grow. You do not have to consider your origins as being any more than what is currently accepted.
       
      Consider our perspective to be a grand possibility that has little evidence, and that your science has a grand conclusion that is based in little evidence.
       
      To go to either extreme is a disservice to your intelligence.
       
      Find your own balance between possibility and evidence; that is the way of science.
       
      True Intelligence is never conclusive.
       
      And Trust is based on evidence.
       
      And the evidence is there that what is scientifically true changes on a regular basis, and is only as exact as its collection of data, and the minds of those interpreting it.
       
      The beauty of valid scientific intelligence is that it embraces being wrong, and then goes beyond that.
       
      Only when conclusions begin to be drawn does it become dangerous, but that is most often the imposition of religion and politics, not science.
       
      [GB] Michael, would you define what you mean by two different levels of culture living alongside? i.e., a civilized human species and a primitive species, such as H. rhodesiensis. Was there an awareness of one another?
       
      [MEntity]
      There have always been several branches of Human over the years, most of which were not sentient. It was only upon about 5000 years ago that most of those branches were obliterated by a massive impact.
       
      The sentient branch of Human has always been aware of the non-sentient branches, but lived among them in much the same way Humans currently live alongside other primates.
       
      However, when the exodus of Mature and Old Souls happened after the meteor impact, and then the subsequent rise of "races" from the rebuilding, the Baby and Young interpreted these variations among the same sentience as levels of status, and slavery arose from there.
       
      When the distinctions were obvious in such a way that encouraged a careful and respectful space for each branch of the species, it was easy to exist alongside each other.
       
      Branches of the species had died out, but the "races" were now being interpreted as being different species, and with the Baby and Young interpretation of these differences taking foothold, a plan to exploit those differences came into your history in a way that did not exist before.
       
      Luckily, Humans are not as vicious and as warring as they have come to be understood in the recent paradigm of understanding, which is a Young Soul interpretation.
       
      As the Old and Mature Souls have returned in great numbers over the past 5000 years or so, the foothold of the Young and Baby has been lifted slowly, but surely.
       
      For the duration of any sentient species, it is never left without care from another species, or from within its own species, if there is a dominant number of Infant, Baby, or Young Souls.
       
      However, the momentum generated after the meteor impact that left Baby and Young Souls running things has taken some time to get back into balance.
       
      This would be similar to the adults of a household leaving toddlers and teens in charge.
       
      It would be fair to expect a few disasters and messes upon returning.
       
      The past 5000 years or so has been the "messiest" in Human history, as generated from within Humanity, at least.
       
      Many of our students stuck it out, though, and continued to incarnate throughout this period. It has not been easy.
       
      We think we have answered your question, and then some. We will conclude here for today. We enjoy what has come of our Agreements. We enjoy sharing how those came to be. Goodnight to each of you.
       
       
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